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"the past...& the pasta"

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Assuntina earned her University degree in French Literature at Rome University and taught for over 20 years. 

She has also worked as a Court Translator. Her passion for languages helps her communicate with people from all over the world.

We were born in Monti della Tolfa and were brought up in the heart of this region which is renowned for its love of horses, rustic meals, Etruscan archaeology and fine leather.  In 2000, we became the owners of Fontana del Papa, a ruined farmhouse with an olive grove suffering from years of complete abandon. In our dreams, we saw a vision of how it once shined - the olive grove bearing rich fruit to process the best olive oil in the world to share with our visitors and guests. We have worked with tenacity, passion and love. True, we were dreaming, but now our dream has become a reality. The olive grove has become a beautiful, relaxing retreat and Fontana del Papa has been restored to all of its ancient and imposing beauty...with guests coming from all over the world.  We speak English, French and, of course, Italian.

Now We are celebrating our 16th year anniversary in cooking courses!

We run our first cookery course in October 1998 we had eight guests, now all around the year we enjoy to have friends from all over the world

Our Environmental Policy making a difference

  • We take pride in what we are doing.

  • We operate in a way that promotes an awareness and a respect for our natural environment.

  • We support the local community economically by bringing our groups to this rural area in Italy.

  • We hire local women to work with us and to teach our classes.

  • Our cooking courses offer regional cooking, mainly vegetarian, using recipes and techniques passed down throughout the generations

Emma Andrea e Luca


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